April 6, 2006

Cattle Rustling Being Revived From Old West Days By Rising Beef Prices

It used to be the good guy in the white hat would ride to the rescue of cattle ranchers being ravaged by the hordes of rustlers that pillaged across the Old West.

That same problem is popping up again in rural Missouri and a number of agencies and organizations are banding together to stop the problem.

In response to the growing number of cattle thefts in the state, Missouri Farm Bureau is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of individuals committing a felony in the theft of cattle from Farm Bureau members.

The theft of cattle in our state is a serious problem and should in no way be tolerated, said Charles E. Kruse, president of Missouri Farm Bureau. State law enforcement officials are committed to bringing these thefts to an end, and we want to provide citizens with an incentive to keep a watchful eye for suspicious activities in their communities.

Missouri experienced a large increase in cattle theft incidents in 2005. According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, cattle were reported stolen in 29 of Missouris counties in the last year. These incidents cost Missouri cattle producers an estimated $500,000.

Since the first of the year, hundreds of cattle have been reported as stolen in Missouri. That number includes the 11 steers and heifers, valued at $8,500, taken from a farm near Arbela back in January. The case remains open but the Scotland County Sheriffs Department likely will never be able to solve the crime since the animals are presumed to be long gone.

Investigators noted they interviewed the limited number of neighbors in the region and contacted area sale barns to check for similar animals being sold, but found no immediate leads.

According to law enforcement officials, the reporting of any information on theft activities is critical during the first 72 hours. Missourians can report suspicious activities to the Missouri Information Analysis Center by phoning 1-866-362-MIAC.

However, for many ranchers this is fairly difficult due to large numbers of animals and infrequent thorough reviews of pastures and farms.

Investigators note that todays rustlers arent riding off with the entire heard. In fact these thieves typically take advantage of their surroundings, finding isolated farms where they can utilize the same loading chutes that the farmer does, to load a few animals as quickly and quietly as possible. That not only avoids immediate detection, but also often allows plenty of time for the stolen animals to be relocated and then sold before the owner even notices them missing.

The crime spree is being fueled by the much improved beef market, which has seen increasing cattle prices make the animals more attractive to rustlers.

Farm Bureau is not alone in its efforts to take a bite out of crime.

The Missouri State Highway Patrols Division of Drug and Crime Control at the request of Governor Matt Blunt is assisting numerous other state and local agencies in battling the on-going cattle theft problem in Missouri.

As part of its efforts, the Patrol is encouraging all Missouri residents to monitor and pay special attention to any suspicious activity or circumstances in their respective communities and report any such activity immediately to law enforcement. These activities may include, but are not limited to: suspicious vehicle activity, truck and or trailer thefts, cattle thefts, feed thefts, livestock equipment thefts, trespassing attempts, unknown vehicle and/or persons loitering in the immediate area of livestock, suspicious inquires referencing livestock and the unusual transportation and/or sales of livestock.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is also asking any victims of cattle theft who may not have reported the incident to come forward and report the theft.

Any person(s) with information regarding cattle thefts is encouraged to contact the Missouri Information Center at 866-362-6422 or your local law enforcement agency. This information will then be immediately forwarded to the Missouri Cattle Theft Task Force.

The Missouri Cattlemens Association is taking action to put an end to cattle theft. The MCA Board of Directors unanimously voted at their March meeting to permanently increase the MCA cattle theft reward fund from $2,000 to $5,000. The reward fund now offers $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of individuals committing felony cattle theft against Missouri Cattlemens Association members.

In addition, two pieces of legislation have been introduced that would increase the penalty for cattle theft. The Missouri Cattlemens Association and Missouri Livestock Marketing Association are asking all livestock auction markets in the state to voluntarily keep photo identification on file of all farmers and ranchers selling cattle.

We are asking all Missouri auction markets to voluntarily obtain, and keep on file, photo identification of persons consigning cattle to a sale, said Moore. This ensures we have a name and address in the event questions arise as to ownership of cattle, and provides law enforcement agencies with a solid place to begin an investigation.

With the concerted efforts of all parties involved, I believe we can put an end to the cattle rustling problem in Missouri, continued Moore. I look forward to seeing the guilty parties behind bars.

Marceline Rallies to Beat SCR-I In Tourney Opener

Kaylyn Anders busts out of the batter’s box to try to beat out a check-swing roller in front of home plate.

An early lead, and a shot to avenge a key conference loss in the process slipped away from Scotland County on Saturday morning as Marceline rallied from a 2-1 deficit to score seven runs in the final three innings to defeat the Lady Tigers 8-2 in the opening round of the Schuyler County Tournament.

After Marceline took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first off starter Kaitlyn McMinn, SCR-I pulled ahead with two runs in the fourth. Ashleigh Creek started the rally with a base hit. She scored on a perfect squeeze bunt by Khloe Hamlin. After a base hit by Kylee Stott, McMinn put down a sacrifice bunt and Hamlin scored from second base.

But Marceline finally broke through in the fifth inning with four base hits. Stott ended the rally with a double play, making a running catch in right field before doubling off the runner at first base.

Marceline tacked on four more tallies in the sixth, taking advantage of a leadoff walk and a pair of SCR-I throwing errors to pen the door for the big inning.

McMinn took the loss, allowing eight runs, four earned on eight hits and a walk while striking out one.

Creek went 2-3 at the plate as SCR-I was held to just four hits on the day.

Lady Tigers Top Schuyler County 6-2 in Tourney Third Place Game

Kylee Stott puts down the bunt during Saturday action at the Schuyler County Tournament.

After three games and more than six hours in the hot sun on Saturday, SCR-I was able to bring home the third place trophy from the Schuyler County Tourney with a 6-2 win over the host squad.

Katie Feeney led off the game with a base hit and came in to score on an RBI single by Stevi See.

SCR-I extended the lead to 5-0 in the top of the second. Kylee Stott led off with a single. After sacrifice bunts by Madie Bondurant and Julie Long, Haley Darcy singled home a run. Feeney followed with an RBI single and scored on a double by Anders before Creek made it 5-0 with another base knock.

The Rams threatened a big inning in the bottom of the frame, but the damage was limited to just two runs thanks to two runners being thrown out on the base paths.

SCR-I got one run back in the third when See walked and came in to score on a base hit by Stott.

Creek kept Schuyler at bay the reminder of the day, notching the five inning victory with the time limit. She allowed two runs on five hits and no walks while striking out one.

Feeney and Anders were both 2-3 as SCR-I racked up 10 hits in the win.

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center

MENU

Thursday, Sept. 28 – Chicken Strips, Scalloped Cabbage, Buttered Corn, Bread, Fruit Crisps

Friday, September 29 – BBQ or Plain Pork/Bun, French Fries, Lettuce Salad, Applesauce, Cookie

Monday, October 2 – Juicy Burger/Bun, French Fries, Mixed Vegetables, Cottage Cheese, Peaches

Tuesday, October 3 – Roast Pork, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Sauerkraut, Green Beans, Bread, Cake

Wed., October 4 – Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Buttered Carrots, Hot Roll, Fruit Salad

Thursday, October 5 – Meatloaf, Macaroni Salad, Buttered Broccoli, Applesauce, Bread, Glazed Donut

ACTIVITIES

Thursday, Sept. 28 – Card party at 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 4 – Regional Home Care blood pressure checks today.

Thursday, Oct. 5 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Ministerial Alliance to Host Annual Coat Drive

The Scotland County Ministerial alliance (SCMA) will be hosting the group’s annual coat drive during the month of October. Starting Monday, October 2nd and concluding Friday, October 20th, the collection sites will be available at the Scotland County R-I Elementary School and the Scotland County Nutrition Center.

Following the collection period, the coats will be available for distribution at the Clothes Closet in Memphis. The Clothes Closet is open Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., except for the first Wednesday of the month, when it is open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

“We would like to thank everyone for their participation,” said Clothes Closet manager Mary Baldwin.

For more information call 660-341-7090.

Memphis Red Hatters Hold September Meeting

The Memphis Red Hatters met September 6th at the Scotland County Senior Citizen Center for their monthly meeting.  Present were Shirley Ruth, Elaine Smith, Nelda Billups, Benjie C. Briggs, Pat Wiggins and guests, Conner and Maria, Helen Clough, and Vera Monroe.

After a delicious fried chicken luncheon, the program consisted of a quilt showing by Nelda of the quilt made and quilted by Zelda Keith.  The group also enjoyed making the acquaintance of baby Maria and an interesting story of the Monarch Butterfly’s migration as told in the Missouri Conservationist magazine.

The next meeting will be October 4th at 11:00 a.m. at the Memphis Pizza Hut.  Nelda Billups will serve as hostess.

BABY MCCOY

Jason and Denise McCoy of Ursa, IL are the parents of a son, Jaxon Allen McCoy, born September 14, 2017 at 9:56 p.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Jaxon weighed 7 lbs 15 oz and was 21 inches long. Siblings are Bryant, Dalton, Emma, Kyla and Kade. Grandparents are Randy and Debbie Voss or Warsaw, IL, Connie Voss of Arkadelphia, AR, Randy McCoy of Ursa IL, and Teresa McCoy or Wever, IA.

BABY CAMPBELL

Lance and Allison Campbell are the parents of a son, Rylan Paul Campbell, born September 14, 2017 at 9:56 a.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Rylan weighed 8 lbs and was 21 inches long. Siblings are Braylon and Emalyn. Grandparents are Paul and Cathy Campbell of Memphis and Roger and Snookie Gosney of Memphis.

Rutledge Renegades

Don “Buck” Tague, Paul and Diane Tague, Mona Tague and daughter, Mikenzie Beckley all went to Branson to a 79th Engineers’ Reunion. They had a good trip. Three from Buck’s company attended. The last soldier to evacuate Hungnam, North Korea by sea Gerald Ferguson, of Kansas City, MO.

Charlene Montgomery left on September 11 on the train from La Plata and went to her daughter, Nancy Blodgett’s, for her birthday (September 13). Nancy and boy friend, Kirby High, took Charlene to Meramac Caverns in Springfield and then on to Branson. Charlene returned home on September 20. She said she had a wonderful time, but “walked herself to death!”

Naomi Kidd-Schwandt and Charlene Montgomery went to Palmyra and then on to St. Louis on OATS Bus.

Sandra Kalman, Edinburg, TX, came and spent some time with her dad, Don Tague, and attended the Tague Reunion.

Keith and Ruth Ann Boyer came back from Washington State where they were visiting family.

They started tearing down the old Community Building on Thursday, September 21. It was down on September 25.

Katrina and Neta went to Kirksville.

Some of those in this week were:  Tim Morris, Dale Tague, Larry and Tamara Tague, Neta Phillips, Charlene Montgomery, Bob and Dorothy Hunolt, Reva Hustead, Martin Guinn, Ronnie and Bonnie Young, Paul Tague, Don Tague, Sandra Kalman, Joe Paul, Faye Walker, Keith and Ruth Ann Boyer.

Carol met Valerie in Keokuk Saturday for lunch. They ate at First Street Grille. Carol confirmed the award for the “Rodeo Burger”. They then visited Harvestville in Donnelson Saturday night. Carol attended Kathy and Bill Kiddoo’s anniversary party.

Faith: The Gigantic Fall From Graspability! 

Ephesians 3:20 is ungraspably graspable!  We are to get it; to understand it.  Yet, its content and context is so magnificent that not only can we not grasp it, we aren’t supposed to.  That’s the point of the verse.  We are to get it that we can’t get it. We can only believe it.

Yes, we are to believe it.  This is a wild train wreck to the minds who only believe God as far as we can throw Him (explain, understand, express Him).  In essence church has become the product of the best, or most respected, thinkers among us.  Yet, leadership must be presented under the mantle of faith – a purely unprovable, unexplainable, unthinkable dimension of which usually bugs the spiritual tar out of us.

The key to faith is to yield into it being graspably ungraspable!  Faith truly is one gigantic fall from graspability.  It is within these unborders that the impossible becomes possible; that the can’t become actually becomes.

The Spirit of Christ reigns over a systemic factuality that will not submit itself to the highest scientific borders nor the strongest mathematical restrictions.  He does this through one quality available to all mankind; faith.  Read the Word.  Story after story after story; what couldn’t possibly happen did.  What held His people in fierce bondage couldn’t.

Church is destined to be platitudinously dull?  Oh….I don’t think so!  Not with a “beyond our imagination” God like ours!

JOHN LEE LEWIS (3/7/1967 – 9/13/2017)

John Lee Lewis, 50 of Blackwell, Missouri died at his home on September 13, 2017.

The son of Hobart Quentin and Ina Mae (Jackson) Lewis, he was born on March 7, 1967 in Centerville, Iowa.  He was a graduate of the Schuyler R-I Schools in Lancaster, Missouri.  Following his graduation from high school, he attended Mitchell Technical Institute in Mitchell, South Dakota where he obtained his associate degree in Power Line Construction and Maintenance.

Survivors include three stepchildren, Chris Sota and wife, Kelly of Bonne Terre, Missouri, Nicholas Jullian of Bonne Terre, Missouri and Marck Jullian and wife of Blackwell, Missouri; three step-grandchildren; two  brothers, Jeff Lewis and wife, Helen of Centralia, Missouri and Jay Lewis and wife, Jeanne of Wentzville, Missouri; five nieces and nephews, Joshua Lewis of Centerville, Iowa, Sara Daniels and husband, Dustin of Kearney, Missouri, Julie Lewis and friend, Cale Thurston of Centralia, Missouri, Tommy Miller and wife, Jennie of Troy, Missouri and Todd Miller of Wright City, Missouri; seven great-nieces and nephews, Giselle and Ainsley Daniels of Kearney, Missouri, Addison Lewis of Centralia, Missouri, Josie Thurston of Centralia, Missouri,  Josh Miller and wife, Brooke of Waxahachie, Texas, Justin Miller of Troy, Illinois and Kayle Miller of Troy, Missouri; one great-great-nephew, Lane Johnson of Troy, Missouri; two aunts, Clara Faye Miller and husband, William (Bill) of Kirksville, Missouri and Dottie Wray of Macon, Missouri; other family members and many good friends.

John is preceded in death by his parents, Hobart Quentin Lewis on March 23, 1999 and Ina Mae Lewis on April 30, 2004 and grandparents, Leland and Faye Jackson and Hobart and Neva Lewis.

After graduating from Mitchell Technical Institute in the early 1990’s, John would pursue his career as an Electric Distribution Lineman working in the Dakotas and Florida.  In 1997, John applied for a Lineman’s apprenticeship through IBEW Local 2 and the Missouri Valley Apprenticeship Program.  John worked in the St. Louis area out of Local 2 as he accrued hours towards his Journeyman Lineman Card.  In late 2001, John graduated from the Missouri Valley Apprenticeship.  With his Journeyman’s Card in hand, John could now pursue work as a Journey Lineman anywhere he chose and he did.  In the following years, John worked as far west as California, as far east as New Jersey and he worked with hundreds and sometimes thousands of other llineman to restore electric service to tens of millions of customers during storm breaks, being called to help on Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans for over a month and on Hurricane Sandy on the east coast for several weeks and hundreds of other storm breaks across the United States, notably the Ice Storm of 2006 which affected Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois and Indiana.

John loved his work and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers who helped provide him with a rewarding trade as a lineman.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2017 between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. at the Norman Funeral Home in Lancaster, Missouri.  Memorials have been established for the Schuyler County Library for Children’s Books.  Burial will be in the Downing City Cemetery in Downing, Missouri at a later date as the body has been cremated.  Online condolences may be expressed to the family by logging on to normanfh.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Norman Funeral Home of Lancaster, Missouri.

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